I used to think PappaRich was for the rich (got that impression from the name) for some reason. After actually entering this place for the first time, I found out that this place is value for money! One of the things I always wondered was why are their menu prices so expensive compared to hawkers, but this is because of the quality of ingredients they use in their food, which I will further explain below.
Start off your meal with ordering the highly recommended 3 Layer Tea ($4.50)! It was a really interesting drink and I never really had anything like it as they use palm sugar syrup in your regular milk tea.
Moving onto the noodle mains, a standard Malaysian dish served at PappaRich is the Chicken Curry Laksa. They actually use 10 over spices along with coconut cream in their curry and just look at how much ingredients there are on the surface of this bowl.
The Assam Laksa was so amazing that it was even ranked 7th of the World’s 50 best foods by CNN. This laksa differed from the curry laksa above as it had more of a sourish taste to it, making it sort of less heavy and so pleasant. Sadly, this was way too spicy for me to finish an entire bowl but everyone else at the table enjoyed this so much.
This Fish Head Noodle is what I mean when I say they use quality ingredients as they used a groupa fish that was fresh and so flaky. Another amazing thing was that their broth is boiled with fish bones which makes it so fragrant – hands down comfort food. They also gave a really generous portion of fish, making it really value for money.
PappaRich’s secret to their ever so famous Char Kuey Teow is that they fry it with sambal! Despite this, the sambal didn’t overpower the dish at all but actually made it really fragrant.
A hot favourite in this restaurant which also became one of my favourites was their Nasi Lemak with Fried Chicken Thigh. Even though fried, the chicken thigh was still so tender and the fat under the skin was so rendered down, I actually didn’t feel guilty eating chicken skin for once. Their rice is also QC-ed every morning to make sure every batch is of quality. If it isn’t up to standards, the kitchen will actually remake the rice so as to make every customer satisfied.
Else, if you want to drop by for something light for breakfast or tea time, you have to try their Hainan Steamed Bread with Butter and Kaya. What I appreciated about this simple dish was that PappaRich makes their own Kaya and doesn’t sell them. This is because they do not want to add preservatives in their Kaya. Also, did I mention how fluffy their bread was?
All in all, if you ever feel like having food that is homely yet in a restaurant environment, PappaRich is a really ideal place and no, it’s not just for rich people.
One KM Mall
11 Tanjong Katong Rd
Monday to Sunday, 10.00 AM – 10.00 PM
+65 6384 2232